They’re Back: Van Halen Launches Reunion Tour With David Lee Roth

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Van Halen fans are scissor-kicking and fist-pumping for joy this morning at news that the band is reuniting and heading out on tour. The icing on the already-awesome cake? The band’s original front man, David Lee Roth, will be joining the hard-rocking legends on the tour.

The reunion of the band’s original lineup had been rumored for some time, but yesterday, Van Halen confirmed the reunion tour via a video announcement on their official site.  In the video, Roth shows that even though he is pushing 60 — and his once-enviable mane and Lycra leggings are long gone — he hasn’t lost much of his onstage charisma or high-kicking skills. Joining him on the tour are guitarist Eddie Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen, as well as the group’s current bass player Wolfgang, Eddie’s son.

In addition to the tour, the group are working on their first album of new material with Roth in 27 years. Roth and Eddie Van Halen have an infamously explosive relationship, which led Roth to leave the group in 1985 after a string of hits including “Hot for Teacher,” “Panama,” and “Jump.” Singer Sammy Hagar joined Van Halen after Roth’s departure and ushered in several more hits for the group, including 5150, the band’s first album to reach number one on the Billboard charts with the hits “Why Can’t This Be Love” and “Love Walks In.” After a few more changes in singers, Roth reunited with Van Halen from 2006 to 2008. According to the band’s website, tickets for the reunion tour will go on sale on January 10.

Just to get you in the ticket-buying spirit, here is a compilation of David Lee Roth high kicking. As the band says, go ahead and jump!

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